Event sponsored by APAG West and AAA: Managing the Market Posthumously

In early December 2018 a panel discussion, co-sponsored by the American Photo Archive Group (APAG West) and the Appraisers Association of America, was held in conjunction with the Arthur Rothstein exhibition “When Government Worked” at the Canessa Gallery in San Francisco,

The panel, moderated by APAG and AAA member Melanie Light with appraiser Lindsay Nivens Frostini, focused on preserving and promoting an artist’s photographic legacy. Ann Rothstein-Segan, daughter of Arthur Rothstein presented an illustrated lecture regarding her father’s career and offered a tour of the exhibit.

Lindsay Nivens Frostini, Melanie Light, Brodie Hefner and Ann Rothstein Segan

Lindsay Nivens Frostini, Melanie Light, Brodie Hefner and Ann Rothstein Segan

Rothstein exhibit "When Government Worked" opens Dec 7 in San Francisco

An exhibit of Arthur Rothstein’s compelling documentary images of America in the Great Depression opens with a reception on Friday, December 7 at the Cannessa Gallery in San Francisco’s North Beach Neighborhood. Sales of modern, archival prints during the exhibit will benefit the important work of the Living New Deal, a Berkeley-based non-profit dedicated to researching and disseminating the story of President Franklin Roosevelt’s infrastructure, reform and cultural programs.

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Friday, December 7

thru December 27, 2018

Canessa Gallery

708 Montgomery St.

San Francisco



Rothstein Lecture in Allentown New Jersey, May 2018

Cranberry picker, Burlington County, NJ. October, 1938.  Photo by Arthur Rothstein

Cranberry picker, Burlington County, NJ. October, 1938. Photo by Arthur Rothstein

In May of 2018, Ann Rothstein-Segan presented an illustrated lecture to the Brandeis Woman's Circle in Allentown, NJ. The talk described the life and times of photographer Arthur Rothstein and featured some of the pictures he took in nearby Burlington County back in the 30s.

Arthur Rothstein documented the lives of cranberry pickers at the historic White's Bog Farm eighty years ago in October of 1938,  His photo essay captured the peak activity of the harvest, including extensive use of child labor. One of Rothstein's informative captions read, "Three-fourths of these workers are children. Most of the pickers are Italian families from So. Philadelphia. The head of the family is the only one who gets paid."

After the lecture, Ann visited White's Bog, now a well-preserved historic village within the Brendan Byrne New Jersey State Park. White's Bog was home to Elizabeth White (1871-1954) who dedicated her life to development and cultivation of cranberries, as well as the high-bush blueberry varieties that now make up most of the world's commercial blueberry crop. 

Ann's lecture to the Allentown, NJ Brandeis Women's Circle. 

Ann's lecture to the Allentown, NJ Brandeis Women's Circle. 

Stranded in Shanghai 1946, US premiere at the Jewish Museum of Florida - FIU

March 12, 2018 was the U.S. premiere of Stranded in Shanghai: Arthur Rothstein’s Photographs of the Hongkew Ghetto, 1946, the timely exhibition featuring a lesson from history about tolerance and compassion for those suffering religious persecution. These themes are as powerful today as they were in the 1940s, when Shanghai became the last hope for desperate European Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi terror. “The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU is thrilled to present the U.S. premiere of Stranded in Shanghai,” said the museum’s Executive Director, Susan Gladstone. “We are honored to shine a light on this little-known segment of history that mirrors so much of our present. We must know history in order to proceed successfully with our future. Rothstein’s works are truthful and unflinching.” Miami Beach is the first city in the U.S. to present this exhibition, after showings in Prague and at Slovenia’s Festival of Tolerance. The museum is located in the heart of Miami Beach’s Art Deco District at 301 Washington Avenue in South Beach and is part of Florida International University.

Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU Board Chairman Ira D. Giller, Executive Director Susan Gladstone, Ann Rothstein-Segan, and Brodie Hefner

JMOF-FIU Board Chairman Ira D. Giller and Executive Director Susan Gladstone, Ann Rothstein-Segan, and Brodie Hefner

Our Second Key West Lecture Series

Another successful lecture tour in the Florida Keys!

In early March we went back to beautiful Florida Keys where I gave 14 illustrated lectures about the life and times of Arthur Rothstein. The Key West Art and Historical Society (KWAHS) invited us back and I spoke at high schools throughout the Keys, Key West Community College and topped off our talking tour by making a presentation at the Customs House in Key West.

Arthur Rothstein was the only FSA photographer to document life in the Florida Keys during the Great Depression.

Annie abut to speak at Key West High School in March, 2018.

Annie abut to speak at Key West High School in March, 2018.

Presentation of Rothstein Shanghai story at Columbia University

Ann Segan recently presented a brief, illustrated lecture about her father Arthur Rothstein's 1946 photo essay of the Jewish Refugee community in WW II-era Shanghai at the Columbia University Butler Library. The occasion was a screening of the compelling, new and award-winning documentary film--Above the Drowning Sea--that captures the dramatic story of Jewish escape to the refuge of China, through archival footage, historical photographs, and interviews with Jewish survivors and their descendants. The film-makers, including René Balcer, the Emmy Award-winning head writer and showrunner of the iconic television series Law and Order, also gives voice to Chinese residents of Shanghai who lived with the Jewish European refugees in the intimate confines of the war-torn city. The film offers this experience of cross-cultural acceptance as a lesson for people and nations grappling with present-day refugee crises. 

After the screening, and a Q&A with Co-Writer/Director and Executive Producer René Balcer, and the film's Co-Executive Producer Carolyn Hsu-Balcer, Ann Segan briefly presented the story behind her father's presence in Shanghai--as chief photographer for a United Nations relief agency--and his intimate photographs of the refugee community, several of which were featured in the film.  For details about the film, including upcoming screenings, visit the website here:  http://abovethedrowningsea.com/

René Balcer and Ann Segan

René Balcer and Ann Segan

Presentation to NYC STEM Students

In July 2017, Dr. Ann Segan discussed the value of visual storytelling with students studying Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) at the Bronx Engineering Technology Academy (BETA) High School. She was invited by Susanne Cappendijk, director of the non-profit EDsnaps program designed to support young women pursuing careers in these challenging fields.

Students analyze photographs

Students analyze photographs